If your idea of a hot Friday night is slipping into your comfies and falling asleep in front of the TV, we need to talk about your libido. I know you’ve got a million things on your to-do list, but that doesn’t mean you should miss out on one of life’s greatest pleasures.
And yet I hear it all the time: it’s not just a matter of having enough time for a roll in the hay, it’s about having the desire to do it. So I want to share my top five tips to fire up your libido and help you feel like your sexy self again.
1. Get your zinc on!
Zinc is an essential mineral that helps boost testosterone naturally. Many people think of testosterone as a “male” hormone but women need it too, albeit in smaller amounts, to improve muscle tone and increase sexual desire. The best way to get your daily dose of zinc? A handful of pumpkin seeds! But the most concentrated food source of zinc is oysters – which is why it’s no surprise that oysters are considered an aphrodisiac!
In addition to increasing blood flow and strengthening your cardiovascular system, certain forms of exercise such as High Intensity Interval Training help boost your libido by optimizing your testosterone levels.
3. Try maca.
The powdered form of this adaptogenic root from South America helps to balance your hormones. Adaptogens help your body “adapt” to stress, and as you know stress can affect your hormones… at the expense of your sex drive. Try a teaspoon of maca powder in your daily smoothie. Read more on adaptogenic herbs here.
4. Sip wisely!
A glass of wine can help you relax and connect with your honey, which can lead to some fun in the bedroom. But too much alcohol can have the opposite effect: it’s dehydrating (which impedes lubrication), it can lower testosterone levels, and it can make it difficult to reach an orgasm.
5. Nibble some chocolate.
I know that sex may seem like a chore, but I’m pretty sure you’d agree to some chocolate without too much convincing. Chocolate is considered an aphrodisiac for two good reasons: phenethylamine and tryptophan. Phenethylamine is the same compound that is released in the brain when people fall in love. Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin, the brain chemical associated with happy moods as well as sexual arousal. Together, phenethylamine and tryptophan make chocolate the ideal recipe for love.
If you’ve been struggling with a low libido, give these tricks a try. You deserve to feel your best, and a healthy sex drive is a reflection of overall radiant health.